Computational Surface Chemist

Research & development

Chemistry & materials science

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development


3-7 years



Job Category

Chemistry & materials science



Published: 23 days ago Job ID: J-00256650-145

Introduction to the job

ASML is a leading manufacturer of lithography equipment. In the latest systems, light, plasma and chemicals interact at surfaces. Optimizing processes requires a profound understanding of surface chemistry, plasma-material interactions and of photon induced processes. Since ASML works at cutting edge technology, a lot of phenomena are very unique and have a first-of-a-kind character.

Role and responsibilities

To strengthen the chemistry and materials science competence, ASML Research is looking for a computational materials scientist who can add value to the understanding of (nano-)tribological processes at technically relevant interfaces in operating environment.

You will work in a multidisciplinary team of Chemists, Physicists, Materials Scientists, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

You bring advanced dynamic simulations of complex materials into the big picture by supporting the development of bottom-up modeling workflows which combine low-level and high-level methodologies (e.g. MD, kMC, Coarse-Grain) to bridge time- and length-scales. You will support ongoing efforts in identifying conceptual and methodological gaps required to develop these workflows and propose innovative solutions to move forward.

You have demonstrated experience with numerical and analytical modeling of tribological properties of interfaces at multiple scales and are able to link microscopic tribo-chemical behaviors to experimentally observed macroscopic tribological behaviors. Furthermore, you play a key role in implementing and supporting a state-of-the-art infrastructure for materials development.

Based on high-level problem descriptions you define hypotheses on underlying mechanisms governing the behaviors observed from experimental measurements, set up elaborate models to verify the validity of such hypotheses, provide fundamental understanding and translate the results of the simulations into analytic models that can be used to describe the behavior of the system at the material and component level, thereby suggesting design rules to improve product performance.

Your job requires hands-on simulation/modeling of actual systems and problems with required software tools. On the other hand, you must proactively extend an existing network of commercial and academic partners to a materials modeling ecosystem that guarantees the access of ASML to state-of-the-art developments and techniques in the field.

Education and experience

University PhD degree in Computational Materials Science/Materials Modeling with a background in chemistry and a focus on tribochemistry. Ideally, you also have experience with topics such as Machine Learning applied to a relevant context.
Relevant experience of more than 5 years after PhD and broad knowledge of various modeling techniques are essential.

- Demonstrated experience in computational surface chemistry and tribochemistry using DFT
- Broad knowledge in materials behavior and phase transformations and/or chemical kinetics at different time and length scales. Experience in running materials science software tools such as molecular dynamics and monte-carlo methods
- Experience in modeling of H or water interaction with materials is advantageous.
- Experience in modeling of charged particles interaction with materials is appreciated.
- Knowledge of machine learning/materials informatics is a plus.


Working at the cutting edge of tech, you’ll always have new challenges and new problems to solve – and working together is the only way to do that. You won’t work in a silo. Instead, you’ll be part of a creative, dynamic work environment where you’ll collaborate with supportive colleagues. There is always space for creative and unique points of view. You’ll have the flexibility and trust to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems.

To thrive in this job, you’ll need the following skills:

- Open to learning techniques outside of the above mentioned fields in the future.
- Proactive and autonomous while driving to success in a highly skilled team of experts towards a common goal.
- Pragmatic attitude with an analytical view.
- Able to see the big picture and create a vision and have perseverance in realizing it.

Diversity & Inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

Other information

Context of the position
The Research Materials Science andChemistry group is part of the Research department of ASML. This group identifies and fills in technological gaps in the future roadmap of lithography and the lithography market. Our focus is on advanced material research and on the interaction of light (13.5 nm) with the gaseous background in our tools and on solid materials. We work in small teams and deliver solutions that can be transferred to Development and Engineering. We work together with external research institutes and universities.

Keywords: Materials science, Hierarchical and Concurrent Multiscale Modeling, Molecular Dynamics, Coarse-Graining, Kinetic Monte Carlo, Kinetics, Plasma matter interaction, Thermodynamics, Phase Diagrams, Machine learning.

This position may require access to controlled technology, as defined in the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. §730, et seq.). Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require ASML to proceed with candidates who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

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